Did you know that October is Free Wills Month?
Free Wills Month aims to bring together a group of well-respected charities to offer individuals or couples aged 55 and over the opportunity to have a simple Will written or updated free of charge. The Will will be prepared by any participating solicitor in selected locations around England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Eligibility: It is usually open to individuals aged 55 and over. However, the eligibility criteria may vary depending on the specific campaign and location.
Participating Solicitors: Local solicitors and law firms volunteer their services to write or amend wills for eligible individuals during the designated month.
Charitable Donations: While the will-writing service is free, participants are often encouraged to consider leaving a charitable donation or legacy in their wills. These donations can go to one or more of the participating charities that support it. The hope is that individuals will use this opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the causes they care about.
Appointments: Eligible individuals need to make appointments with participating solicitors during the campaign, as these services are in high demand during this period.
Legal Advice: Participants should use this opportunity to discuss their specific wishes, assets, and beneficiaries with the solicitor to ensure their will accurately reflects their intentions.
Will Completion: The solicitors draft, review, and finalize the wills based on the individual’s instructions.
Charitable Legacy: If participants choose to include a charitable donation or legacy in their wills, the solicitor will assist in specifying the details of the donation and the selected charity.
Free Wills Month not only serves the purpose of helping individuals secure their estate planning but also encourages philanthropic giving by promoting charitable donations in wills. It’s a win-win situation for both individuals and the supported charities.
However, it’s important to check the specific guidelines and eligibility criteria for each Free Wills Month campaign, as they may vary by location and year.
An up to date Will that has been written by a solicitor ensures that your wishes are respected upon your death. It also avoids any difficult decisions and legal complications for your loved ones.
Free Wills Month allows you to provide for family and friends, and leave a gift to your chosen charities too. A gift in your Will won’t cost you anything but it can make a real difference to your chosen charity for many years to come.
If you’re interested in taking part in Free Wills Month, then all you need to do is head over to the Free Wills Month website and complete a form with a few details. You will then gain access to the details of the participating law firms in your local area.
Appointments are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Once all available appointments have been booked, then the campaign will close.